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Q: bladder infections

May 10, 2010 | By Susan M. | 9 answers | Expired: 1590 days ago

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Madie my female cat had c & s crytals after she turned 1 yr of age. She now had gotton 2 bladder infections over the last few yrs (she is not 5). How can I prevent them in the future?
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Danis
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May 19, 2010

I would definitely use a prescription diet that you can get from your vet. My cat Loki developed crystals in his urine that ended up blocking his urethra, and this was before he was a year old. He has been on special prescription food since then and has had no further problems. I use Royal Canin Urinary SO dry cat food, which he likes very much. You need to make sure that your kitty is getting a lot of water as well, and could get a fountain or mix in water with wet food to get her to take in more moisture. You can also add tuna water or something to her water bowl to see if that encourages her to drink more.

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Kavykeeper
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May 17, 2010

Do you have hard water or a private well? Minerals in the water can contribute to stone formation. You can switch to bottled water that does not have added minerals.

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Johnnynalex
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May 17, 2010

i had this problem on the past if you add 1/4 tsp of vinegaar to water a couple times a week it will definately help

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Kelly
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May 12, 2010

When my calico was barely 3yo, she started developing bladder infections & ended up having three very large stones removed from her bladder. She's been on a prescription diet ever since & that has eliminated the problem. My vet said that magnesium was the cause of her problem, so a diet low in magnesium was mandatory. She eats Science Diet c/d. I also mix water with her canned food to increase her water intake & added a water fountain to get her to drink more water. Also its best to use bottled or highly filtered water since tap water also contains magnesium & other minerals. I'm surprised your vet hasn't put her on a perscription diet already since she's having recurring problems.

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Stephanie  C.
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May 11, 2010

Cats commonly get bladder infections. Hill's Science Diet has a formula of dry food specifically for cats with urinary tract problems. Ask your vet which kind that is and his recommendation.

Good luck!

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Gail S.
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May 11, 2010

Ask your Vetrinarian about what supplements can be given to your cat given the re-occurring bladder infections. I have a cat with digestive issues and I use a feline supplement called the Missing Link. It can be mixed in with wet food. My Vetrinarian also recommended that I cruch a L-lysine tablet and mix it into my cat's wet food daily to boost his immune system. It is always best that you consult with your Vetrinarian first to make sure that these supplements may be helpful given your cat's condition. I hope all works out for your young cat.

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Jillian
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May 10, 2010

this is a tricky, and highly common, problem w/cats. tina gave you good advice. one more big tip is to elevate her stress levels. you can use feliway, but that can get pricey, or you can have hiding nooks she can use to get away for awhile. if she starts to seem stressed, place her in her own room for a few days. stress and bladder infections many times go hand in hand, so if you cut back on the one, you help to eliminate the other.

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Tina P.
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May 10, 2010

Having personally gone through that with Coco (RIP) the vet placed him on a special diet for the first period afterwards and then onto another diet specifically for cats prone to Urinary Tract issues. We also only gave him bottled water (maybe it was distilled, I don't remember, it was a very long time ago). Additionally, if this is a female, I would suggest having 1 litter box per cat that you have plus one! Females are very picky about the litter boxes being super clean or they won't go and that can cause the crystals, etc.

I hope this helps and please update us on her condition and what the vet says! :)

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Kitty W.
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May 10, 2010

I think you should ask the vet that. They probably have some useful information.

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